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July 2nd, 2012

Cleanup Continues

July 2, 2012

ST. MARYS — Cleanup continues from Friday’s storm that left thousands across the county without power and caused massive damage from fallen limbs and trees.

Sustained winds of 82 mph with gusts of 90 mph socked the region early Friday afternoon. As crews quickly worked to restore power, some residents were left without power into Sunday, with estimates it could take several more days before power is fully restored to outlying areas.

Country Concert Giveaway

July 2, 2012

Bring in a canned good or non perishable food item to the Evening Leader between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday and receive an entry to win 2 Stage Front 3 day passes and Preferred parking to Country Concert.  There is a limit of 10 items per person and you must be 18 to enter. The drawing will take place at 5:01 p.m. Employees and immediately family of Horizon Publicatons are ineligible for the contest. All items collected via the drive will be donated to Agape Ministries. Winners will be notified by phone unless they are present at the drawing.

June 29th

Storm Socks Region

June 29, 2012

ST. MARYS — Felled trees, downed power lines and widespread power outages kept crews busy Friday night as a severe thunderstorm swept across the region — leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

“Right now we are driving around and taking assessments,” St. Marys Police Chief Greg Foxhoven said Friday night. “There’s a lot of damage — there’s homes with trees on roofs, trees on cars and limbs and branches everywhere.”

Delays Possible

June 29, 2012

Saturday issues of The Evening Leader may be delayed tomorrow because of power issues at the printing facility in Wapakoneta.

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Preps for Holiday Traffic

June 29, 2012

ST. MARYS — Staff at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park are prepping for what is expected to be a busy week of camping, boating and fishing.

“Attendance has been decent, but we are expecting to have good attendance this weekend into the Fourth of July and next weekend,” Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller said. “We have a good weekend this weekend, and some of them are leaving, but we’ll have a good crowd for the Fourth and for the next weekend.”

Band Offers Tasty Fundraiser

June 29, 2012

ST. MARYS — A local marching band will soon be holding its first restaurant fundraiser.

St. Marys All-Brass Marching Band will be hosting “A Taste for Music” St. Marys Band night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 9 at Beer Barrel along Indiana Avenue to help raise funds for the band’s trip to the Citrus Bowl parade and Disney parks.

Band Parents Organization President Dan Burke explained how they came up with the idea.

Local Sets Sights On Crown

June 29, 2012

ST. MARYS — Carolina Castillo has never competed in a pageant before and will be challenging herself in her first experience as she competes for the title of Miss Ohio Teen.

The Memorial High School senior said she chose to pursue the opportunity after receiving a letter in the mail noting she had been recommended. She traveled to the Lima Convention Center, where she went through a lengthy tryout.

Officials Break Ground On Bank

June 29, 2012

ST. MARYS — One of the newest businesses to the St. Marys area broke ground Thursday morning.

Representatives from Superior Federal Credit Union celebrated with a groundbreaking at its site between JT’s Brew and Grill and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Superior Federal Credit Union Marketing Director Kurt Neeper kicked off the groundbreaking at the site located at 462 Fortman Drive in the Shoppes at St. Marys by welcoming those who came out for the ceremony.

June 28th

Bagworms Hit Trees

June 28, 2012

NEW BREMEN — After having to remove multiple village trees last summer, New Bremen is cautioning its residents to be on the lookout for bagworms.

“Last year, we had two areas where they were really bad, one by the tennis courts by the pool and we also had them in the industrial park,” New Bremen Parks Foreman Ron Tontrup said. “Around the tennis courts, there were three arborvitae that we had to dig out and replace. They just kill the trees.”

Officials Warn Of Fire Risks

June 28, 2012

ST. MARYS — Facing bone-dry conditions, a pair of local safety officials are cautioning residents from holding open burns until precipitation returns.

“As of last week, we were 8.5 inches below normal rainfall,” Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson told The Evening Leader. “By the end of the week, we will probably be 9.5 inches because of evaporation and moisture leaving the soil.”

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